When you make the decision to quit smoking you are making one of the best decisions of your life.
We want to let you know the members of Man of Health are proud of you.
Tobacco cessation (quitting) health facts:
- In 2-12 weeks your circulation improves and lung functions increase
- 1-9 months your cough and shortness of breath decreases.
- In 12 months the risk of coronary heart disease is equal to a nonsmoker
- If you are 30 when you quit you can add 10 years to your life compared to if you kept smoking.
- 40 years of age add 9 years.
- 50 years of age add 5 years
- 60+ years of age add 3 years to their life expectancy.
Again congrats on deciding to quit smoking.
Here are the 10 Best Tips on How to Quit Smoking:
1. Find your “Why” & Remember your “Why”. We all have something that motivates us to keep on living. When times get hard you will have to lean on your why, so make sure you have a why.
2. Prepare before you go Cold Turkey: Remember that cigarettes and other tobacco products are packed full of nicotine. Nicotine is a drug and if your not prepared you may go into withdrawals. Have a gameplan when the cravings start.
3. Consider using nicotine replacement: Like we stated above have a gameplan. Your gameplan may include nicotine replacement options. These options can include gum or a patch. Use these to help reduce your nicotine cravings.
4. Know your options: There are prescriptions that can help you kick your smoking habit. Talk to your provider.
5. Find a way to relax: Stress can make you want to smoke. Find positive ways to deal with stress. These can include mediation, yoga, exercise, or massage.
6. Have a support system: let your support system (spouse, family, and friends) know your quitting. You may need them for support.
7. Eliminate the scent of cigarettes: Cigarette smoke can trigger you to fall back into smoking. Make sure to thoroughly clean your house and car. Use air fresheners if needed.
8. Never give up: Even if you fail never feel discouraged. Relapsing does happen, but the point is to never quit. Each time you relapse go further until you eventually kick the habit.
9. Pick a Reward: Set small milestones and give yourself a reward each time you cross a milestone. Choose a reward that is worth having. A week without a cigarette pay yourself 50$. When you reward yourself you create an urge to keep going.
10. Remember that time is your friend: The moment you stop smoking you start to immediately reap the benefits.
You have already taken the proper steps by reading this. Continue to push forward and remember at Man of Health we’re here to help you .